Writer’s block is a problem that most writer’s will encounter. They want to write, but they don’t know what to write next. Or, and this is usually my situation, they know what to write but they don’t know how to word it. How do you get out of those situations? I’m no expert but these are the top five things that help me with writer’s block.
Get away from the screen
Don’t just sit at the computer screen and expect the words to come to you. They won’t, no matter how hard you push. Get up. Take a walk. It’ll be good for your body to stretch a bit, get the blood flowing.
Play a video game
Yeah, I know I just said get away from the screen. But I didn’t say the television screen. Yeah, I play PC games but I find consoles to be more helpful in getting past writer’s block. Lately, I’ve been playing Assassin’s Creed: Origins. It takes place in ancient Egypt and while I love the setting and the characters…it’s not the best game.
A few days ago, I was escorting an NPC, Phanos the Greek poet, to a party. A simple party. No big deal. But he just kept shoving into people he could have easily avoided. What a dick. Then he took off in a dead sprint and hopped on a random horse. “Damn Phanos, how far away do you live?” I thought as I summoned up my camel. He answered by getting off of that horse, hopping on a different horse, and went tearing off down the street, only to inexplicably stop. Some bad guys attacked us and the NPC (who, remember, was a poet) went into beast mode and killed most of them. We finally get to his house. In a cutscene, he very seriously turns to me and says “We’ve been followed.” So we have to go outside, kill the guys we just killed, and I get a quest to leave the city.
There was never any party.
Anyway, I’m trying to say that you need some kind of a distraction to make you forget that you don’t know what to write. Sort of like how the best cure for hiccups is forgetting you have the hiccups.
Okay, so taking a walk and engaging in some virtual murder therapy hasn’t done the trick. What you need to do is get your goofy ass out of the house. Get some lunch with friends or something. Go visit your Grandma. She’d love it, and you’d be better for it. When you come back, you’ll feel better. Or at least full. Grandma lunches are best lunches.
Similar to going for a walk, getting your blood pumping is good for your brain. If you don’t come up with any good ideas, at least you’ve done something good for your body and you’ve gotten away from the computer. Strength training, yoga, running…it’s all good.
Talk to someone about what you’re writing
Sometimes, talking to someone about your writing is the best help for writer’s block. It’s not because they’re there to give you their thoughts and insights. It just helps to say your thoughts out loud. But if you’ve got a creative friend, great! I’m sure they’re helpful. But so is this good girl. She knows exactly how Venomous is going to end.
So there you have it. My tips on breaking past writer’s block. Do you have any secret techniques that work for you? Let me know in the comments. Lord knows I could use all the help I can get.